During the 10-week hiatus, we worked on our content to deliver you the best possible info out there. One of those changes was combining the course history and recent form articles to showcase two of the most essential elements when building out PGA DFS lineups each week. Since we were on a 10-week hiatus, we’ll use form from this year and course history back to 2015. Let’s get into the Fit & Form guide to make your PGA DFS picks for your daily fantasy lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel for the U.S. Open.
Form From Past 11 Weeks
It is a full field of 144 players this week, with players competing across all different tours in the world — some on the European Tour, some on the Korn Ferry Tour, and others competing in amateur events. I’ll give you the synopsis of all the best performers, regardless of which tour they play on.
Two Korn Ferry Tour competitors have each played incredible golf; Will Zalatoris and Taylor Pendrith have earned five top 10s over the last eight weeks. There is only one win between them, but the consistent golf shouldn’t be overlooked. Nine golfers sit just one shy of them, including Rasmus Hojgaard, who has four top 10s in five starts on the European Tour. Connor Syme also has four on that tour but in eight starts versus Hojgaard’s five. Only a couple PGA Tour players have done it: Jon Rahm, Tony Finau and Jason Day. Three other Korn Ferry Tour guys have four as well: Greyson Sigg, Paul Barjon and Stephan Jaeger. Shugo Imahira is another new name or old foe, depending on if you’ve chased him as I have, and he has two top 10s in his only two starts over the last 11 weeks. Only one was a fully sanctioned event.
Zalatoris is one of two players in the field with more than five starts that has come in the top 25 in all of them, Xander Schauffele is the other. Schauffele is getting credit from OWGR for shooting the winning score to par when the handicap is removed from the Tour Championship. Pendrith is 8-for-9. Kevin Kisner, Harris English and Daniel Berger are all over 80% the last 11 weeks.
Three no-cut events for the PGA Tour over the last 11 weeks may skew these results a bit, but still, it’s good to look at. Twenty-two players have at least two starts and have made the weekend in all of them. Si Woo Kim is the only PGA Tour player with nine starts and nine cuts made. Viktor Hovland is 8-for-8, while Rahm, Mackenzie Hughes, Justin Thomas and Kevin Streelman are all 7-for-7.
Fifty-six golfers of the 144 playing this week are searching for the first top 10 across any tour over the last 11 weeks. A couple of those names that might surprise you are Adam Scott, Abraham Ancer, Brian Harman, Corey Conners, Erik van Rooyen, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.
There are a few golfers that have competed at least five times on the PGA Tour in the last 11 weeks and have no top 25s, including Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Brandt Snedeker, Sung Kang, J.T. Poston, Marc Leishman, Graeme McDowell and Andrew Putnam. A couple of other notables that don’t have five starts but are still in search of their first top 25 include Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson and Kurt Kitayama.
Curtis Luck has been a real boom or bust this year with a win and five missed cuts mixed in over the last 11 weeks. Eleven other golfers have missed four cuts. A few of those names include Lucas Glover, Branden Grace, Max Homa, Putnam and McDowell.
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Tournament History at The U.S. Open since 2015 For PGA DFS
Forty-one of the 144 golfers will be making their first appearance at a U.S. Open, at least within the last five years.
Only two golfers in the field have three top 10s over the last five years: Dustin Johnson and Schauffele. Ten others have two: Scott, Day, Grace, Snedeker, Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry and Louis Oosthuizen. Only Oosthuizen, though, has made every cut and come in the top 25 every time.
Oosthuizen is the only golfer with five top 25s in the last five years, while Hideki Matsuyama has four in his five tries. Schauffele is 3-for-3.
Two golfers have made the cut in all of the past five years: Oosthuizen and Zach Johnson. Plenty of others have made the weekend in each of their starts — 23 in all. A few others have at least three starts and made the cut on all of them: Fleetwood, Cabrera-Bello, Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick
To no surprise, 114 golfers will be teeing it up looking for their first top 10 in a U.S. Open since 2015. A couple of surprising names that are still in search of it are Leishman, Kisner, Paul Casey, Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Bryson DeChambeau, Martin Kaymer and Byeong Hun An.
Only 24 of those 114 golfers have a top 25 in the last five years, leaving 90 golfers searching for their first top 25 at a U.S. Open. Kaymer and Mickelson are joined by Glover, Watson and many more with at least two starts and no top 25s.
Glover is the only one to miss all five cuts in the last five years. Watson has four, as does Alex Noren.
Fit & Form for PGA DFS
Now that we’ve covered both course history and recent form, let’s see if we can find any crossovers.
- Xander Schauffele is the most obvious answer here. Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm are not far behind either.
- A couple of other not so obvious names include Kevin Streelman, Hideki Matsuyama and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
The Recent Form Guide (last 11 weeks)
Tournament History at the U.S. Open since 2015
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